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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Feb 17, 2007 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The song you're warming up to?

So recently I found out that the song 'Might As Well' was written about the Festival Express train ride. This was a song I wasn't really fond of, but the more I listen to it, the more I like it. Same with Row Jimmy, which now I love. And another one I'm recently finding myself turning on more is Black Throated Wind.


What's the song that you're warming up to? The one you really didn't like at first, but the more you hear it the more you like it?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 17, 2007 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

For Cliff its To Lay me Down...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-10-13.acoustic-sbd.munder.13064.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: TheGreat_and_Knowledgable Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Death Don't Have No Mercy
and
Here Comes Sunshine

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Poster: ned the head Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

I was never really fond of US Blues even though I saw them play it live many times. For me it was an encore song to make my way to the exit and wait to see if that was it for the show. Then I caught Dick's Picks Twelve and it blew me away. The song will never be the same for me, and that's a good thing.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Feb 17, 2007 11:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

I, too, was lukewarm to that tune. For some reason seeing the GD Movie, where they use it at the beginning, really helped me get the spirit of the song. That's a great version, too.

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Poster: Sugaree83 Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Brother Esau, slowly warming up.

I listened to a great C C Rider the other day. I might have 'misunderestimated' that one a bit.

Just listened to a Day Job, it's getting worse. It's worse than ever.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

For me, and I'm almost ashamed now to admit it, it would be Black Peter. First time I listened to it I thought it was a bit of a dirge - now I find it to be one of the most poignant songs I ever heard. Sometimes wisdom does come with age.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

I can't imagine why you would be ashamed to admit that. I've always had a special place in my heart for ol' Pete. It was one of the first songs I learned how to play on guitar. Like Wharf Rat, it is a heart-wrenching slice of life. I replied to a thread recently about the opening chord of Shakedown Street by saying the Fmaj7 on "Shine through my window" being probably my personal favorite chord that they hit in any song. Just takes my breath away.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

My shame was in admitting that I didn't take to it right away. Too youthful and callow to see the beauty in the song.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Oh, I see.

Yes, you should be ashamed.

And deeply at that.

But it sounds like you've come around. As his friends do in the song.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Just by the by - I unearthed my Workingman's Dead songbook and in there it says that its an Fmajor chord on 'Shine through my window...' Do you think it sounds better as a seventh? Guess I should get out the 12-string and try it for myself...

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Try it with the high E string left open, B fretted on the first fret, G fretted on the second fret, and D fretted on the third fret. A lot of tab sites list it as an F major, but it sounds so much better if you leave that E unfretted.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 17, 2007 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

You're right, Bryan - that sounds much better than the barre F I was playing. But definitely should still be an F at the end of the second 'come around'. Yes?

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 17, 2007 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Sorry it took me so long to reply.

Yes, it does eventually go to a plain ol' F. I'm not that good of a guitar player, although I've been told differently by COMPLETE novices, and I have a tendency to get confused with the chords during the bridge: does it go to an Am here, or Em, or C . . .

I really fell in love with that song on the same night as Ship of Fools. The second set took place during a monster thunderstorm that started rolling in during the jam between China Cat Sunflower and I Know You, Rider, which they went into coming out of the set opener of See, See Rider, just as night was closing in. Rider, with a lightning-and-thunder augmentation, was nothing short of a full-blown Act of God. After that song hit its climax, there was a minute or two of tuning while the rain hammered down. In a similar situation, any other band would probably choose to really KICK OUT THE JAMS, but that would have been the obvious choice. The Grateful Dead, on the other hand, not being any other band, eased into the slow blues of Ship of Fools. I've always felt they made a definitive statement about their own uniqueness by doing that. By the time we reached the back end of Drums>Space>The Other One, the storm had blown off to the east, and Black Peter's line, "Who can the weather command?" brought a cheer of approval from a very appreciative audience, the likes of which I believe one could find only at a Grateful Dead concert.

Easily, the most amazing Dead show I ever saw.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Feb 17, 2007 9:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Give this Black Peter a whirl, it's a fine one

Upon further review, this is a better source >>
http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-12-03.nak300.munder.6143.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: elkdog Date: Feb 17, 2007 11:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

No shame in that. When I heard the version on Steppin' Out for the first time, that was when I "got" Black Peter. I'd listen to it right now, but I finished writing my thesis yesterday, and require upbeat bouncy stuff to accompany my mood.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Sometimes wisdom does come with age.
see? there's hope for you yet! ;)

I'm warmin up to the music of Jock Tamson's Bairns

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Well I hope I don't have to wait too much longer! How are you doing, Charlie?

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Poster: rastamon Date: Feb 17, 2007 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

I'm fine! GROKED last night with the help of Jim Beam 'n friends. Trying to calm down concerning the policies of dumbass Bush and a return to the good old Dead, at least in the GD part of the forum.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 17, 2007 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Just wondering, as you like Jock Tamson's Bairns, if you ever cam across a band called Wake the Dead? Got a very similar feel to JTB but they combine the jigs and reels with Grateful Dead tunes to quite a nice effect.

Listening to your Black Peter pick now. Very nice guitar solo!

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Poster: rastamon Date: Feb 17, 2007 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Yes, I've been to a Wake the Dead show @ 3yrs ago
at the Dublin St.Patricks Day Festival

Dublin, Ca that is

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Poster: elkdog Date: Feb 17, 2007 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The song you're warming up to?

Sunrise. At first I thought it was just a cheesy Donna tune, but now I see it as a beautiful... I can't do this. I skip that song every single time.

For me it's Sugaree. I used to find it a bit boring and repetitive, but lately I've really gotten into the beauty of Jerry's guitar work on the tune. Love GD and JGB versions alike.